Craig Atchinson on why he wants to win York a Michelin star

The restaurant is situated within The Grand Hotel & Spa, York’s first five-star hotel. What’s changed at Hudson’s?​ Hudson’s used to be the The Grand’s main restaurant but the ongoing £15-£20m refurbishment of the hotel​​ has given us the opportunity to take it to the next level. We’re reducing the covers from 60 to 28 […]

The Lanesborough appoints new head chef

He joins from a role as head chef at W Leicester Square, and has previously cooked at Rosewood London, Sushisamba and Nobu London. Castaldo’s CV also includes time at Lasarte in Barcelona, which now holds three Michelin stars. In his new role the chef will oversee the five-star hotel’s room service, events and private dining […]

Hong Kong’s Serge et le Phoque is coming to London

The site will open at The Mandrake, a new independent hotel coming to Fitzrovia later this month. It is the brainchild of French restaurateurs Charles Pelletier and Frederic Peneau, who won a Michelin star at their Hong Kong restaurant in 2015, while former Clove Club sommelier Bert Blaize will oversee the wine list. The restaurant […]

Zetter Group to open first Manchester hotel

The company is the anchor operator at the grade II listed London Road Fire Station development, which is set to include restaurants, bars and events spaces. It will be The Zetter Group’s first hotel outside London and fourth overall. The company announced last week that it will be closing its celebrated Grain Store restaurant in King’s […]

BHA calls for post-Brexit visas for EU hospitality staff

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has commissioned the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to examine the regional distribution of EU migration, which sectors are most reliant on it, and the importance of seasonal and temporary workers. The report is due to be completed by September 2018, seven months before the UK is scheduled to leave the EU […]

The World’s Best Bar is coming to London

From 15-22 August the team will reinvent the Mayfair hotel’s bar as a 19th ​century Irish drinking tavern with pub-style stools, and nightly ragtime music. The Dead Rabbit’s beverage director Jillian Vose will create cocktails including the Irish Coffee and the Pyscho Killer, made with Irish whisky and cocao nib-infused Campari. There will also be whiskies […]

The Pilgrm hotel announces restaurant details

Jason Catifeoglou says the project will be a ‘reinterpretation’ of the traditional hotel when it opens in Paddington this Autumn. The Pilgrm will feature a Victorian-inspired coffee house and 30-cover Lounge restaurant with an open kitchen. The eclectic menu will include a British charcuterie selection from Borough Market’s Cannon & Cannon; ramen noodles with crispy […]

Friday Five: The week’s top news

– Bruno Loubet is to close his celebrated London restaurant Grain Store next month in a move that will see him retire from full-time cooking.​​ – Carl Clarke’s newest fried chicken restaurant CHIK’N has reopened with increased kitchen capacity following a brief closure after it served 10,000 customers in its first week.​​ – US burger giant Wendy’s […]

Jean-Georges at The Connaught will offer takeaway pizza

The Connaught in Mayfair is to start offering takeaway pizzas for the first time when French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten opens his eponymous new restaurant at the hotel on 27 July. The menu will be full a la carte (no tasting menus here), with a selection of pizzas to-go with toppings including black truffle, and tuna […]

Paul Evans joins Mallory Court as head chef

His appointment follows the departure of Paul Foster from the role last year,​​ after he left to crowdfund his first restaurant Salt. Evans says he hopes to ‘make his mark’ at the restaurant, which held a Michelin star for over a decade under former head chef Simon Haigh, but lost the award in the 2014 […]